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Poster: billydlions Date: Aug 21, 2010 6:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: If you like 1984 (or even if you dont) 1983 has some good shows to check out

1983 started out rather poor in my opinion. Garcia clearly looked like something happened to him over the winter. Rock Scully said that Jerry went through a period where he sat in his chair and ate Ice Cream, smoked heroin and played his guitar (showering not needed). The spring shows had some moments (4-13-83 one of them) but many performances were sloppy and uninspired. By summer, Jerry seemed better, especially his performances in JGB in May-June; most of these shows are worth seeking out. The GD shows were not as good though with nothing really standing out. By late August, the playing had improved and the band embarked on one of their last consistent tours until perhaps 89-90. Here's a summary of some shows worth checking out:


SDH recommended the show on the 27th and it has always been a favorite of mine as has 9-2 at Boise.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd83-08-27.aud.hinko.16439.sbeok.shnf
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1983-09-02.sbd.tetzeli.33819.sbeok.flac16


Both shows at Santa Fe have something to offer. The amazing setlist from the 11th and the crazy Chinacat from the 10th. It's not quite the jazzy version from 1974 but a speedball of fire from Garcia

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1983-09-10.fob.senn441.silberman.miller.84487.sbeok.flac16


The MSG shows, the surprise St Stephen out of space and then the better show on the 12th with great jamming on Cassidy & Cumberland

http://www.archive.org/details/gd83-10-12.sbd.harrell.8112.sbeok.shnf


Both Hartford shows are great (10-14 is Dicks Picks) , I love how Garcia can jam on Brown Eyed Woman or Big RR forever

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1983-10-15.fob.senn441.silberman.miller.93751.sbeok.flac16


Monte's Sugaree

http://www.archive.org/details/gd83-10-17.sennheiser.skank-levy.347.sbeok.shnf


The last St Stephen and my favorite space jam ever

http://www.archive.org/details/gd83-10-31.horvath-nak.ladner.19894.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: ducats Date: Aug 21, 2010 7:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: If you like 1984 (or even if you dont) 1983 has some good shows to check out

http://www.archive.org/details/gd83-04-17.rolfe.weiner.7317.sbeok.shnf


how bout some kudos for the concentration slips away out of space

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Poster: billydlions Date: Aug 21, 2010 7:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: If you like 1984 (or even if you dont) 1983 has some good shows to check out

A popular show for sure, but as I think you allude to the part with Stephen Stills is an embarrassment.

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Poster: ducats Date: Aug 21, 2010 7:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: If you like 1984 (or even if you dont) 1983 has some good shows to check out

you can't have everything

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Poster: drspark61 Date: Aug 21, 2010 8:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: If you like 1984 (or even if you dont) 1983 has some good shows to check out

>Garcia clearly looked like something happened to him over the winter.

I remember when we saw him at the March show in Las Vegas my friend and I looked at each in disbelief. Garcia was bloated, green and bilious. It was shocking how ill he appeared.

I agree that fall '83 was fairly consistent. Nearly all of 1984 was consistently inconsistent. The big exceptions, imo, were those back-to-back runs in July at the Greek and, to a lesser extent, Ventura. Second set for 7/15 is still one of my most listened-to '80s Dead.

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Poster: Reade Date: Aug 21, 2010 9:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Second all-time favorite Scarlet-> Fire

And I'm not exaclty partial to the eighties.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd83-04-13.sbd.lai.23849.sbeok.shnf

Forget the vocals, they're not strong. The story here is Jerry totally nails the solo on Scarlet, as well as the transition jam between songs.

(First place goes to 2-5-78).

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Aug 21, 2010 7:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: If you like 1984 (or even if you dont) 1983 has some good shows to check out

I take 1983 in a heartbeat over 1984...Garcia's voice was not quite full fozzi bear yet...

the following shows are keepers...

04-20-1983, 05-15-1983, 06-18-1983, 06-20-1983, 07-30-1983, 08-20-1983, 09-08-1983, 09-11-1983, 10-11-1983, 10-12-1983, 10-15-1983, 12-30-1983

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 21, 2010 8:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: If you like 1984 (or even if you dont) 1983 has some good shows to check out

In addition to 9/2 and 10/31, as mentioned by Billy :-)

I think between the lot of you, you've pretty much nailed all the options!

This post was modified by AltheaRose on 2010-08-21 15:10:58

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Poster: utopian Date: Aug 21, 2010 7:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: If you like 1984 (or even if you dont) 1983 has some good shows to check out

6-28-83 one the 80's better H>S>Franklins
9-2-83 love that first set
10-11-83
10-22-83 funk at the dome

82-83 saw the band daring to open it back up from 80-81 when the sound fell into a more reserved and polished place.

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Poster: Yankee9 Date: Aug 21, 2010 7:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: If you like 1984 (or even if you dont) 1983 has some good shows to check out

Allow me to offer this little gem:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd83-06-24.nak300.willy.7291.sbeok.shnf

Killer Shakedown, nice H>S>F, and a solid Dew.

Nice sounding AUD too !!

This post was modified by Yankee9 on 2010-08-21 14:04:06